NGX market capitalisation down by N297bn

Stockbrokers do business on the trading floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos, on October 8, 2008. Global financial turmoil has battered markets around the world, posing risks to foreign investment and trade that could threaten Africa's recent economic gains, according to experts. Losses highlighted steady declines all year in major African markets with oil-exporter Nigeria off 31 percent from its March high. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

Trading opened negatively on the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) on Monday with the market capitalisation dropping by N297 billion.

The market capitalisation closed lower at N55.264 trillion compared with N55.561 trillion, a decrease of 0.53 per cent.

Also,  All-Share index also went down by 0.53 per cent or 525.02 points to close at 97,708.74, as against 98,233.76 recorded on Friday.

As a result, the Year-To-Date(YTD) return fell to 35.07 per cent.

Equities that dragged the market down included: Seplat, United Bank of Africa (UBA), Access Corporation, PZ Cussons Nigeria, Transnational Corporation, Nigerian Breweries, ETranzact, among others.

Meanwhile, the market breadth closed negative with 24 declined stocks outnumbering 19 advanced ones.

On the losers’ chart, Seplat led by N329.10 to close at N2,962.30, PZ trailed by N2.75 to close at N25 and ETranzact lost 60k to close at N5.60 per share.

Unity Bank declined by 15k to close at N1.68 and National Salt Company of Nigeria(NASCON)shed three Naira to close at N37 per share.

Conversely, Tantalizers and the Initiates Plc led the gainers’ table by 4k and 20k each to close at 50k and N2.50 per share.

Sterling Nigeria added 24k to close at N4.70, Ikeja Hotel gained 38k to close at N7.45 and UPL rose by 10k to close at N2.25 per share.

Analysis of the market activity showed that trade turnover settled 51.25 per cent higher than the previous session.

Investors traded a total of 439.10 million shares valued at N11.38 billion in 8,607, in contrast to 344.38 million shares valued at N7.52 billion in 8,497 deals posted previously.

Notore of the NGX industrial goods sector led the volume and value table with 74.43 million shares worth N4.65 billion and Access Corporation followed with 43.05 million shares valued at N749.94 million.

Universal Insurance sold 38.33 million shares valued at N13.95 million, UBA transacted 37.28 million shares worth N903.10 million and Regency Alliance Insurance traded 31.99 million shares worth N10.28 million.


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